UPDATE FROM THE 2018 AGRIBUSINESS INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AIAC)
By CWA of WA Committee Representative, Marianne Hasson
AIAC meetings were held at Joondalup TAFE Campus on 5th June 2018 and at the Muresk Institute Campus on 12th October 2018.
Bachelor of Agriculture Business Management course delivered by the Central Regional TAFE at the Muresk Institute campus
All students who have previously graduated from the BABM course have secured employment. This is an outstanding outcome for university graduates.
Students enrolled in the BABM Course at 3 August 2018: 3 first-years, 9-second years, and 22 third-years.
Although the student numbers are low, the retention rates are significantly higher than the national average for universities, and students are showing a strong commitment to completion of the course. It was noted that students in all years of the course appear to be settled and happy with the course.
The Minister for Education has announced that financial support from the State Government will cease when existing BABM students complete the (2018-2020) course in mid-2020.
W.A. Colleges of Agriculture
Currently in the five W.A. Colleges of Agriculture (Morawa, Cunderdin, Narrogin, Harvey, Denmark) there are a total of 639 students in Years 10-12. Approximately 220 Year 12s will graduate in 2018.
In 2017, 205 students graduated with the following outcomes: 7% engaged in training, 9% enrolled in university courses, 31% gained apprenticeships, and 43% gained employment.
These are outstanding outcomes for Year 12 graduates, and it highlights the significant benefits that the Agricultural Colleges are delivering for families and communities in rural W.A.